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Porter Wagoner

Porter Wagoner, the Thin Man from the West Plains, is a case of an artist often ahead of his time who always appeared hopelessly behind the times. He's among the most immediately recognizable figures in country music, largely due to his exploitation of TV -- and flashy costumes -- a good 20 years before the video boom. And while he's forever perceived as the man who tried to hold Dolly Parton back from pop success, he was also responsible, in many ways, for putting her in a career position where the issue could even arise. As for his music, after signing with RCA in 1952 he produced a wealth of superb hard country, and just as much of the most wretchedly oversentimentalized tripe you'll ever want to hear. The latter, of course, is half the reason he's loved.

Wagoner was born in West Plains, Missouri. As he grew up, he fell in love with the country music he heard over the radio, teaching himself guitar so he could sing and play along with them. When he was a teenager, he landed a job at a local market, where he would frequently sing when business was slow. The owner believed that Porter's singing was actually helping the store's reputation, so he arranged to sponsor a local radio show that would feature the fledgling vocalist. Throughout the late '40s, Wagoner was singing on the local West Plains radio station. Eventually, a Springfield radio station called KWTO offered Porter a show in 1951. Around the same time, Red Foley was beginning his Ozark Jamboree program, which was based in Springfield and broadcast both on KWTO and national television. Foley brought Wagoner onto his show, which helped the young vocalist land a record contract with RCA Records. In 1954, his ninth single, "Company's Comin'," hit the Top Ten. It was followed in the spring of 1955 with "A Satisfied Mind," which stayed at number four for four weeks. At the end of the year he released "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)," which climbed to number three in early 1956. In 1957, he joined the Grand Ole Opry and moved to Nashville, where he formed his backing band, the Wagonmasters.

For the rest of the '50s, Porter continued to record, but he never broke the Top Ten again. It would take another television show for him to return to the top of the charts. In 1961, he began hosting his own television show, which was syndicated out of Nashville. It was the most popular country show of the '60s, growing from 18 stations in 1961 to over 100 stations in the early '70s. Wagoner often sang with Norma Jean, a new female singer he introduced to the country audience, on these programs. The look of Porter's television show defined country music for much of America's general public during the '60s, although his music rarely departed from traditional country. In 1967, Norma Jean was fired from the show and replaced by Dolly Parton, who was then an unknown singer. Not only did exposure on Wagoner's program kick-start Parton's career, it provided a boost for Porter's as well. Parton was enormously popular on the show, and their first joint single, "The Last Thing on My Mind," rocketed to number seven at the beginning of 1968. The song launched a string of Top Ten hits that ran more or less uninterrupted until 1975, when the duo stopped working together. In 1968, the Country Music Association named the duo the Vocal Group of the Year; the CMA would award them Vocal Duo of the Year in 1970 and 1971 as well.

Although the duo of Wagoner and Parton was successful, it wasn't stress-free. Porter continued to have solo hits during the late '60s and early '70s, though none of them was as big as his songs with Parton. Furthermore, he resented her attempts at a solo career; on her part, she felt musically restrained by him. The tensions culminated in late 1974, when she parted ways with Wagoner. RCA issued two singles in 1975 and 1976, and both of the songs -- "Say Forever You'll Be Mine" and "Is Forever Longer Than Always" -- hit the Top Ten. The pair would continue to duet sporadically over the next decade, highlighted by the number two hit "Making Plans" from 1980. After Parton and Wagoner separated in 1975, Porter continued to film his TV show and to chart singles, but all of his hits were minor. In 1976, he retired from touring, choosing to concentrate on producing at his own studio, Fireside. Wagoner sued Parton in 1979 over various contractual problems; the suit was settled out of court the following year. For the first few years of the '80s, Porter had several minor hits, but he stopped recording in 1983.

In 1981, Wagoner and RCA Victor parted ways after nearly 30 years, and his television show went off the air. He mounted a minor comeback in 1982, appearing in the Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man and recording an album, Viva Porter Wagoner, for Eastwood's label imprint at Warner Bros. Records, Viva, that made the country charts and produced a couple of minor country singles chart entries. After that, he only made occasional recordings for small labels. He toured with the Right Combination, an all-girl band, for several years. In the late '80s and early '90s, he became increasingly active on The Nashville Network, to the point that Opryland named him its Goodwill Ambassador, and he was a regular host of the Grand Ole Opry radio and television program. In July 2000, he released his first new album in many years, The Best I've Ever Been. In 2007, as Wagoner turned 80 and some 55 years after his first recording, the Marty Stuart-produced Wagonmaster was released on Anti Records; it was his first album to chart on Billboard since 1983, peaking at 63. Not long after its June release, Wagoner succumbed to lung cancer at his home in Nashville on October 28, 2007. ~ Dan Cooper & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: A Slice Of Life - Songs Happy 'N' Sad + Satisfied Mind (Bonus Track Version)

1. Uncle Pen

2. One Way Ticket To The Blues

3. My Name Is Mud

4. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

5. Tennessee Border

6. I Went Out Of My Way

7. Sugarfoot Rag

8. Cryin' Loud

9. Misery Loves Company

10. I Gotta Find Someone (Who Loves Like I Do)

11. Take Good Care Of Her

12. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

13. A Satisfied Mind

14. My Bonfire

15. I Like Girls

16. Ivory Tower

17. Company's Comin'

18. Born To Lose

19. Midnight

20. That's It

22. I'm Stepping Out Tonight

23. Living In The Past

24. Tricks Of The Trade

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Track List: Company's Comin'

1. Company's Comin'

2. Settin' The Woods On Fire

3. A Satisfied Mind

4. Headin' For A Weddin'

5. Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)

6. Itchin' For My Baby

7. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

8. Uncle Pen

9. How I've Tried

10. Tryin' To Forget The Blues

11. An Angel Made Of Ice

12. Takin' Chances

13. Trademark

14. Dig That Crazy Moon

15. Love At First Sight

16. Be Glad You Ain't Me

17. I Can't Live With You (I Can't Live Without You)

18. That's It

19. Don't Play That Song

20. The Flame Of Love

21. Bad News Travels Fast

22. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

23. Me And Fred And Joe And Bill

24. The Girl Who Didn't Need Love

25. Falling Again

26. Old Log Cabin For Sale

27. Your Old Love Letters

28. Misery Loves Company

29. Cold Dark Waters

30. I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand

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Track List: The Thin Man From West Plains

1. Another Day, Another Dollar

2. Lovin' Lies

3. I'm Gonna Feed You Now

4. My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers

5. Tomorrow We'll Retire

6. Sorrow On The Rocks

7. My Baby Turns The Lights On Uptown

8. The Bride's Bouquet

9. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Loud Music

10. I Couldn't Care Less

11. Memories From The Past

12. I'll Go Down Swinging

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Track List: The Carroll County Accident

1. The World Needs a Washin'

2. Banks of the Ohio

3. Sing Me Back Home

4. Barefoot Nellie

5. Sorrow Overtakes the Wine

6. Black Jack's Bar

7. The Carroll County Accident

8. Rocky Top

9. Your Mother's Eyes

10. King of the Cannon County Hills

11. I Lived So Fast and Hard

12. Fallen Leaves

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Track List: Down In the Alley

1. Here's a Toast to Mama

2. Sidewalks of Chicago

3. The Silent Kind

4. The Alley

5. The Town Drunk

6. Mama

7. Bottle of Wine

8. One More Dime

9. I Judged a Man

10. When I Drink My Wine

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Track List: The Bottom Of The Bottle

1. Wino

2. Daddy And The Wine

3. Swinging Doors

4. The Bottom Of The Bottle

5. In The Shadows Of The Wine

6. She Burnt The Little Roadside Tavern Down

7. The Bottle Let Me Down

8. One Dime For Wine

9. Wine

10. Turn The Jukebox Up Louder

11. I Threw Away The Rose

12. Bottle, Bottle

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Track List: Soul Of A Convict

1. Boston Jail

2. The Convict And The Rose

3. I Relived My Life Today

4. I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail

5. Let Me In

6. The Big River Train

7. The Snakes Crawl At Night

8. They're All Going Home But One

9. Folsom Prison

10. Soul Of A Convict

11. Green, Green Grass Of Home

12. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

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Track List: Confessions Of A Broken Man

1. Men With Broken Hearts

2. I Just Came To Smell The Flowers

3. May You Never Be Alone

4. Skid Row Joe

5. Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time

6. How Far Down Can I Go?

7. I'm A Long Way From Home

8. Confessions Of A Broken Man

9. My Tears Are Overdue

10. I've Been Down That Road Before

11. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

12. My Last Two Tens

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Track List: Heartwarming Gospel: 18 Greatest Gospel

1. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

4. Trouble In The Amen Corner

5. You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley

6. Where The Roses Never Fade

7. Family Bible (With Willie Nelson)

9. Brother Harold Dee

10. Something Got A Hold Of Me

11. I Thought Of God

13. Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown

14. This World Can't Stand Long

16. I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone

17. Life's Railway To Heaven

18. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

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Track List: The Blue Grass Story

1. Country Music Has Gone To Town

2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

3. Will You Be Lovin' Another Man

4. Little Cabin Home In The Hills

5. Uncle Pen

6. I'll Meet You In The Church Sunday Morning

7. Howdy Neighbor, Howdy

8. Before I Met You

9. Cotton Fields

10. I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home

11. Head Over Heels In Love With You

12. A Gathering In The Sky

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Track List: Heartfelt And Gospel Songs 2014

1. Daddy's Old Sayings, Mama's Beliefs

2. Suppertime

3. Lord, Build Me A Cabin

4. A Nick Of Time

5. Sermon On The Bus

6. Happy Faces

7. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

8. Happy Birthday, Jesus

9. Moments Of Meditation

10. Just A Rose Will Do

11. How Close They Must Be

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Track List: In Person (Live)

1. Howdy Neighbor Howdy (Live)

2. Misery Loves Company (Live)

3. Head Over Heels In Love With You (Live)

4. I Didn't Mean It (Live)

5. Foggy Mountain Top (Live)

6. Comedy (Sweet Fern) (Live)

7. Medley: Haven't You Heard / Eat, Drink And Be Merry / A Satisfied Mind (Live)

8. I Thought Of God (Live)

9. Sally Goodin' (Fiddle Tune) (Live)

10. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home) (Live)

11. My Baby's Not Here (In Town Tonight) (Live)

12. Talk Back Trembling Lips (Live)

13. Private Little World (Live)

14. Comedy (Live)

15. Find Out (Live)

16. An Old Log Cabin For Sale (Live)

17. John Henry (Fiddle Tune) (Live)

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Track List: Country Masters: Porter Wagoner

1. Big Wind

2. Carroll County Accident

3. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

4. Eat, Drink And Be Merry

5. Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry

6. Green, Green Grass Of Home

7. Misery Loves Company

8. Satisfied My Mind

9. Skid Row Joe

10. Sorrow On The Rocks

11. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

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Track List: Y'all Come

1. Y'all Come (You All Come)

2. I Wanna Go Home

3. Crying My Heart Out Over You

4. Company's Comin'

5. Don't Let Me Cross Over

6. Angel Band

7. Come On In

8. Pick Me Up On Your Way

9. Shutters And Boards

10. Bad News Travels Fast

11. There's A Rainbow In Ev'ry Teardrop

12. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

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Track List: Watching Eagles Fly

1. I'd Like To Make That Same Mistake Again

2. Daddy's Ole Sayin's

3. I've Loved You All My Life

4. Brewster's Farm

5. House On Mulberry Street

6. Thinkin' Out Loud

7. 'Til The Right One Comes Along

8. I Knew This Day Would Come

9. Fiddle And The Bow

10. Broken Hearts Beat On

11. Watching Eagles Fly

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Track List: Roving Gambler

1. Roving Gambler

3. Footprints In The Snow

4. Bluegrass Country Style

5. Strawberry Roan

7. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

8. Big Rock Candy Mountain

9. Be A Little Quieter

10. He's Alone Again Tonight

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Track List: Sunny Side Of The Mountain

1. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

3. Something Got A Hold Of Me

5. The Divers Are Out Tonight

7. Boll Weevil

9. Life's Other Side

10. Prisoner Song

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Track List: Super Hits - Gospel

1. Workin' On A Building (With Pam Gadd)

2. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

3. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

4. Something Got A Hold Of Me

5. Trouble In The Amen Corner

6. My Closest Neighbor Up There

7. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

8. I Thought Of God

9. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

10. I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone

11. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

12. Just A Rose Will Do

13. Where The Roses Never Fade

14. Where Would John Baptize Jesus

15. Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown

16. Pastor Absent On Vacation

17. The Farmer And The Lord

18. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

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Track List: What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen

1. What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen

2. Waldo The Weirdo

3. The Rubber Room

4. If I Lose My Mind

5. Comes And Goes

6. I Found A Man

7. More Than Words Can Tell

8. Little Bird

9. Sitting In The Shade

10. Many Kinds Of Love

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Track List: Porter Wagoner's When The One You Love Says I Love You

1. When The One You Love Says I Love You

2. Satisfied Mind - Live

3. Crumbs From Another Man's Table

4. Can You Tell Me

5. Baby Linda

6. Devil's Alley

7. Angel Band

8. I See Love

9. I Know I'm Gonna Be Loved Tonight

10. I Can't Be Your Man

11. He Really Must Have Loved You

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Track List: Big Wind

1. A Satisfied Mind

2. Eat, Drink And Be Merry

3. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

4. Misery Loves Company

5. Sorrow On The Rocks

6. Green, Green Grass Of Home

7. Skid Row Joe

8. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

9. Carroll Country Accident

10. Big Wind

11. Nothing Between

12. When Lea Jane Sang

13. Hold On Tight

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Track List: Big Rock Candy Mountain

1. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

2. Don't Let Me Cross Over

3. Strawberry Roan

4. Roving Gambler

5. Dreaming Of A Little Cabin

6. Footprints In The Snow

7. Something Got A Hold Of Me

8. Bluegrass Country Style

10. Be A Little Quieter

11. Divers Are Out Tonight

12. Bury Me Beneath The Willow

13. He's Alone Again Tonight

14. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

15. Mary Of The Wild Moor

16. Boll Weevil

17. Pictures From Life's Other Side

18. Prisoner Song

19. Charlie And Nellie

20. Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Track List: Slippin Away

1. Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry

2. When The One You Love

3. Slipping Away

4. Memory Garden

5. Happy Birthday Jesus

6. Somewhere In The Night

7. Hold On Tight

8. Fool Like Me

9. Can You Tell Me

10. I Know I'm Gonna Be Loved Tonight

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Track List: Duets (Includes Dolly & Porter's Last Recording Together)

1. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

2. Bury Me Beneath The Willow

3. Old Log Cabin For Sale

4. Walk That Lonesome Valley

5. Workin' On A Building

7. Don't Let Me Cross Over

8. Charlie And Nellie

9. Dreaming Of A Little Cabin

10. When I Lay My Burdens Down

11. Mary Of The Wild Moor

12. Old Country Church

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

5. A Rose From A Bride's Bouquet

7. Green Green Grass Of Home

8. When The Silver Eagle Meets The Great Speckled Bird

9. I Bowed My Head And Cried Again

10. Satisfied Mind

11. Teardrops Fallin' In The Snow

12. Old Log Cabin For Sale

14. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

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Track List: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits (Time)

1. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)

2. A Satisfied Mind

5. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

6. Life Of The Party

7. Another Day, Another Dollar

8. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

9. I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand

10. I'll Go Down Swinging

11. Green Green Grass Of Home

13. Skid Row Joe

14. Company's Comin'

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Track List: Wagonmaster

1. Wagonmaster #1

2. Be A Little Quieter

3. Who Knows Right From Wrong

4. Albert Erving

5. A Place To Hang My Hat

6. Eleven Cent Cotton

7. My Many Hurried Southern Trips

8. Committed To Parkview

9. The Agony Of Waiting

10. Buck And The Boys

11. Fool Like Me

12. Late Love Of Mine

13. Hot Wired

14. Brother Harold Dee

15. Satan's River

16. Wagonmaster #2

17. Hidden Track

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Track List: Gospel 2007

1. Frog For The Water

2. Closest Neighbor

3. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

4. Old Log Cabin For Sale

5. When The Silver Eagle Meets The Great Speckled Bird

6. This World Can't Stand Long

7. Brother Harold Dee

8. When I Lay My Burdens Down

9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

10. Through The Eyes Of A Blind Man

11. When My Time Comes To Go

12. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

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Track List: The Rubber Room

1. Out Of The Silence (Came A Song)

2. The Rubber Room

3. George Leroy Chickashea

4. Cassie

5. Fairchild

6. Indian Creek

8. Bones

9. Jim Johnson

10. Lonelyville

11. My Many Hurried Southern Trips

14. The First Mrs. Jones

15. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

16. Shopworn

17. Julie

18. Carroll County Accident

19. Let Me In

20. The Wino

21. The Bottom Of The Bottle

22. Nothing Between

23. Crumbs From Another Man's Table

24. He's Alone Again Tonight

25. Life Rides The Train

26. Little Boy's Prayer

27. My Last Two Tens

29. Moments Of Meditation

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Track List: The Versatile

1. Indian Creek

2. Old Log Cabin For Sale

3. Thinking Out Load

4. Divers Are Out Tonight

5. House On Mulberry Street

6. Bury Me Beneath The Willow

7. If There Was No Love

8. Cookeville Kid

9. Nothing Between

10. Mystery Mountain

11. Have I Told You Lately

12. Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry

13. Mary Of The Wild Moor

14. Bluegrass Country Style

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Track List: Misery Loves Company

1. Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry

2. Satisfied

3. Misery Loves Company

4. Sorrow On The Rocks

5. Green, Green Grass Of Home

6. Skid Row Joe

7. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

8. Big Wind

9. Carroll County Accident

10. Eat, Drink And Be Merry

11. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

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Track List: 18 Grand Old Gospel 2005

1. Satan's Got A River

2. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

3. Soldier For The Lord

4. In The Sweet Bye And Bye

5. Matthew 24

6. I Believe

7. Where The Soul Never Dies

8. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

9. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

10. The Bird That Never Flew

11. He Took Your Place

12. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

13. I Found A Man

14. Where Would John Baptize Jesus

15. When I Reach That City On The Hill

16. When I Sing For Him

17. Washed In The Blood

18. Ye Of Little Faith

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Track List: King Of Country Gospel

1. You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley

2. Where The Roses Never Fade

3. Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown

4. Old Camp Meeting Time

5. I Thought Of God

6. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

7. I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone

8. Just Over In The Gloryland

9. Angel Band

10. Life’s Railway To Heaven

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Track List: 20 All - Time Greatest Hits

1. Carroll County Accident

3. (A Rose From) A Bride's Bouquet

4. Walk That Lonesome Valley

5. Skid Row Joe

6. Misery Loves Company

9. When The Silver Eagle Meets The Great Speckled Bird

10. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

11. Sorrow On The Rocks

14. Green Green Grass Of Home

15. Wayfaring Stranger

16. A Satisfied Mind

17. Trouble In The Amen Corner

19. The Farmer And The Lord

20. Company's Coming

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Track List: 22 Grand Old Gospel 2004

Disc 1

1. Where The Roses Never Fade

2. Walk That Lonesome Valley

3. I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone

4. Trouble In The Amen Corner

5. Teardrops Falling In The Snow

6. The Farmer & The Lord

7. Heaven On My Mind

8. Old Camp Meeting Time

9. Life's Railway To Heaven

10. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

11. Wayfaring Stranger

12. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Disc 2

3. I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning

4. Lord I'm Coming Home

5. Heaven's Just A Prayer Away

6. Angel Band

7. Just Over In The Gloryland

8. Hold To God's Unchanging Hand

9. Old Cross Roads

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Track List: The Best Of The Best

1. Carroll County Accident

2. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

3. Skid Row Joe

4. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

5. Green Green Grass Of Home

6. Tear Drops Falling In The Snow

7. Misery Loves Company

8. Life's Railway To Heaven

9. Company's Coming

10. Sorrow On The Rocks

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Track List: RCA Country Legends

1. Company's Comin'

2. A Satisfied Mind

3. A Good Time Was Had By All

4. Midnight

5. Misery Loves Company

6. Cold Dark Waters

7. Legend Of The Big Steeple

8. Green, Green Grass Of Home

9. Everything She Touches Gets The Blues

10. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

11. The Carroll County Accident

12. Confessions Of A Broken Man

13. Howdy Neighbor, Howdy

14. The Rubber Room

15. The First Mrs. Jones

16. The Life Of The Party

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Track List: The Essential Porter Wagoner

Disc 1

1. Howdy Neighbor, Howdy

2. Trademark

3. Company's Comin'

4. A Satisfied Mind

5. Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)

6. What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)

7. Uncle Pen

8. Tryin' To Forget The Blues

9. A Good Time Was Had By All

10. Midnight

11. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

12. Legend Of The Big Steeple

13. Your Old Love Letters

14. Everything She Touches Gets The Blues

15. Misery Loves Company

16. Cold Dark Waters

17. I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand

18. Sorrow On The Rocks

19. The Life Of The Party

20. I'll Go Down Swinging

Disc 2

1. Y'all Come

2. Green, Green Grass Of Home

3. Skid Row Joe

4. Confessions Of A Broken Man

5. I Just Came To Smell The Flowers

6. Soul Of A Convict

7. The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

8. The First Mrs. Jones

9. Julie

10. Woman Hungry

11. Turn The Jukebox Up Louder

12. Pastor's Absent On Vacation

13. The Carroll County Accident

14. Big Wind

15. When You're Hot You're Hot

16. You Got-Ta Have A License

17. The Last One To Touch Me

18. The Rubber Room

19. What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen

20. Highway Headin' South

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Track List: Greatest Country Songs

1. Satisfied

2. Misery Loves Company

3. Sorrow On The Rocks

4. Green, Green Grass Of Home

5. Skid Row Joe

6. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

7. Big Wind

8. Carroll County Accident

9. Eat, Drink And Be Merry

10. What Would You Do If Jesus Came To Your House?

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Track List: Viva

1. This Cowboy's Hat

2. That Was Then, This Is Now

3. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name (Rerecording)

4. Living In The Shadows

5. Heaven, Hell Or Macon

6. We Can't Stop

7. Green Green Grass Of Home (Rerecording)

8. His And Hers

9. Misery Loves Company (Rerecording)

10. Bottom Of The Fifth

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Track List: The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

Disc 1

1. Men With Broken Hearts

2. I Just Came To Smell The Flowers

3. May You Never Be Alone

4. Skid Row Joe

5. Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time

6. How Far Down Can I Go

7. I'm A Long Way From Home

8. Confessions Of A Broken Man

9. My Tears Are Overdue

10. I've Been Down That Road Before

11. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

12. My Last Two Tens

13. Boston Jail

14. The Convict And The Rose

15. I Relived My Life Today

17. Let Me In

18. The Big River Train

19. The Snakes Crawl At Night

20. They're All Going Home But One

21. Folsom Prison

22. Soul Of A Convict

23. Green Green Grass Of Home

24. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

Disc 2

1. First Mrs. Jones

2. Words And Music

3. Cold Hard Facts Of Life

4. Sleep

5. Hundred Dollar Funeral

6. If I Could Only Start Over

7. Tragic Romance

8. Try Being Lonely

10. I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye

11. Shopworn

12. Julie

13. Wino

14. Daddy And The Wine

15. Swinging Doors

17. In The Shadows Of The Wine

18. She Burnt The Little Roadside Tavern Down

20. One Dime For The Wine

21. Wine

23. I Threw Away The Rose

24. Bottle, Bottle

Disc 3

1. The World Needs A Washin'

2. Banks Of The Ohio

3. Sing Me Back Home

4. Barefoot Nellie

5. Sorrow Overtakes The Wine

6. Black Jack's Bar

7. The Carroll Country Accident

8. Rocky Top

9. Your Mother's Eyes

10. King Of The Cannon County Hills

11. I Lived So Fast And Hard

12. Fallen Leaves

13. Here's A Toast To Mama

14. Sidewalks Of Chicago

15. The Silent Kind

16. The Alley

17. The Town Drunk

18. Mama

19. Bottle Of Wine

20. One More Dime

21. I Judged A Man

22. When I Drink My Wine

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None better in his time!
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Loved his music when i was a kid, still listen to him still.
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Dolly Parton wrote "I will always love you" in a nod to porter wagoner after the duo split. She wanted to show her appreciation for all that mr. Wagoner had done in giving her the opportunity to come into people's homes over the tv airwaves. Gotta love them both. Dolly and porter.
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A real haunting voice, brings tears to ones eyes
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He's from my home town
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs and the day you chose your crush will ask you out
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Great song! Porter Wagner was such good singer.
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amaldonado17 4 9
Bogilas Hoilas
Hoilas
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Porter & Dolly Parton, aces for sure.
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watch wagon masters on rfd which should bring back the old country church gospel groups, what about it rfd!
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shirley_wint e r s
STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
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shirley_wint e r s
SURE DO MISS YOU PORTER.YOU AND VERN GOSDEN ARE SINGING IN GODS BIG BAND MY TWO FAVORITES
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I love this song. Porter Wagner will always be with us.. i love all porter wagner music.
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kc-edney
actually, the Thin Man from West Plains, MO
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This is Johnny cashs song
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Porter was never married to Dolly

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hotmamaw04
love geroge jones
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hotmamaw04
love u porter
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What an amazing artist!!! Love you Porter!!
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she was always married to Carl Dean, not Porter! They were married in May of 1966...check it out on Wikipedia.or g .
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i cant find the words to express what an artist he was
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cat14308
Loved Porter Wagner's music,he sang from the heart ,and when he sang a song you felt it,theres nothing better than classic country and good old southern gospel music,sure wish today,s artest,felt the same,way,tha n k God there are still a few out there who do :)
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Look it up in Tennesee public records. They were not married
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avturk
He was not married to Dolly Parton
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He was married to Dolly Pardon
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Porter is my all time favorite... None better
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one of the Great Singers to help many people.
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none better
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Love to listen to Porter all day long. Great Artists
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Amen.
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p.harrisonp
I love PORTER wagoners music, HE was ONE of A KIND.
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smokehousebe a r
Porter Wagoner, what can you say, he was one of the very best.
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love all
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rplace97
to bad some of the singers today dont take lessons from the real singers and musicans
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tombeatty
Thank God for Porter and Ernest Tubb. Styles and humanity exemplified to the nth degree. true gentlemen both, that left us way too soon.
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Glory!
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billhughes19 3 3
Great country music speaks to your heart and soul,special l y Gospel Country. Super song by Porter Wagoner.
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boring music country
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Dolly Pardon wrote and recorded *I will always love you* for and about porter wagoner
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the country listening community is deep. great story telling. the portermaster general
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fishingearl
HE RANKS RIGHT UP WITH THE BEST AND HE LOOKS THE PART TOO.
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mareray
just love Bucks music
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maggiemay196 2
Porter Wagoner has always been a favorite of my husband and me. We listened many a night to records by Porter and then Porter and Dollay. We also enjoyed recordings of Porter and Norma Jean.
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My favorites are the carrol county accident and the Farmer and the Lord. His gospel album is my all time favorite
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Porter Wagoner exempfies true country music the way it is suppose to be with tradition about people.
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snickerdoodl e s says he was one of the best for a good story...will miss him.
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I was sorry to hear he went HOME........ . . . . . . f o r us..but happy for him....in Heaven...NO worries..... . . . . . . . . . . . C h e r o k e e
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PORTER,IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGER.ALWAY S ENJOYED HIS SHOWS!
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I would love to hear the song, Charley's Picture by Porter Wagoner

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